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Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater

A Wild Show

It’s a pretty wild world out there – and we bring you the wonder of it. Meet animals daily in our Close Encounters (fall-winter) – you never know who you’ll see. Then come back for our brand new live animal show, opening May 9-10!

Discover Wild Wonders

Close Encounters
12pm daily
A sloth? A lynx? You never know who you'll meet at a Close Encounter. Sit close-up to animals as zookeepers explain just what makes them so wonderful.
See daily schedule
Find it
in the zoo
Head straight downhill from the central plaza and you’ll spot the theater, with its partially covered seating and ADA-accessible ramp. Be sure to get there early for a good spot.
Plan your day

Meet the stars!

Herald
Mazie
Siesta
Orchid
Bach
Twiggy
Scooter
Clark
Gonzo
Tilli
Tahoma

Protecting Wildlife

Saved from extinction.

THE THREAT: Some of our animal ambassadors in the Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater are from species that are threatened in the wild: bald eagles, Canada lynx, clouded leopard.

TAKE ACTION: The good news is that humans can help save animal species. We brought bald eagles back from the brink of extinction. We can save others.

Wild Stories

5 Animals that Beat the Cold

We’re all feeling the cold right about now in the Pacific Northwest – and the rest of the country too. But here at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, our animals have some pretty cool ways to deal with it. From fur coats to heated hammocks, here are five ways our animals beat the winter cold. … Continued

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Dear Santa: An Animal Wish List

What would you ask Santa for these holidays if you were a walrus? Or a tiger? Of course we can’t know what our animals are thinking, but we can definitely make some fun guesses based on what they enjoy doing or eating! Here’s a Zoo wish-list for Santa from some of our animals. Let’s hope … Continued

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Chiquita explores the aquarium

If the sharks and fish noticed an unusual animal in the South Pacific Aquarium, they didn’t let on. In the steamy aquarium, on a December Tuesday when Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium was closed, two tamanduas were wandering past the Outer Reef, along the lagoon and over to stingray beach. It was Terra and her … Continued

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Other Animal Stars
Get to know all the animals in our Wild Wonders show and Close Encounters! Find the full list here.